To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment!
Today's photo tip concerns the neutral density filter. This is just another piece of camera equipment which should be in your bag at all times, to get better landscape photography! It is another filter effect that can't be duplicated after the fact. It must be in the camera.
I am sure you've seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that every drop of water is in sharp relief... or you'll be able to shoot it so that it looks like a gigantic string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
Incidentally, are you aware that Niagara Falls truly stopped flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Imagine a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We all know that to get the sharp image, we to get the cotton candy blur we desire a slow one and want a fast shutter speed.
Another great reason to set your camera on manual! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They will look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a bright daytime? Just a specific amount of light can be let in for a good exposure as you know - it'll ruin the photo, should you let in too much.
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So we begin closing down the aperture. What if that isn't enough? What if we are at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That is fine, it's going to give us nicely saturated, sound free shots... but there are restrictions.
Since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens, the simple fix is to obstruct a number of that light.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's designed to obstruct a certain amount of light. That is all! It does not alter the light in any way - it is neutral. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there's just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot that silky, cotton sweet waterfall - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of strengths. It's possible for you to block one stop of light, three, five, and so forth. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You can put a three stop neutral density filter and also a five stop collectively for eight full stops! (That's a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not just for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo trick post, I Will go into even more cool things you can do to enhance your landscape photography with these camera gear accessories that are crucial.